A five-year-old girl is missing after her father knocked her out and left her in the jungle as punishment for embarrassing him in front of his drinking buddies.
Felipe Eranzo admitted hitting her on the back of the neck before leaving her unconscious at Famy, about 60 miles east of Manila, to teach her a lesson on Wednesday.
But when he returned to the same spot, the five-year-old girl, Mariafe, was nowhere to be seen and he called police for help, sparking a major search operation.
Eranzo told police that he had been drinking before he struck his daughter and that he had taken the youngster to the forest.
Officers then arrested him and he will face child abuse charges, GMA News reports.
Footage shows Eranzo being led around a forest in handcuffs accompanied by officials. Search and rescue operations are continuing.
Last year, a seven-year-old Japanese boy was found alive nearly a week after his parents left him in a forest, known to be inhabited by bears, as punishment for misbehaving.
Yamato Tanooka was found by soldiers hungry but unharmed in a hut on a military base having walked several miles from the spot where he was abandoned.
Yamato’s parents were severely criticised by the Japanese public for forcing him out of their car on a mountain road to teach him a lesson for throwing stones at cars and people.
After the emotional discovery, the contrite father appeared before the media outside the hospital where the boy was taken for a check-up, bowing as he apologised for his ‘excessive’ actions.
In June, we reported how a Korean hiker who got lost in Mountain Province for 11 days was found alive.
Choi Sungkyu, aged 56, went missing near Barlig town on June 9 and reportedly survived by drinking spring water and his own urine.